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Poster: Jobygoob Date: Sep 15, 2011 10:45am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Just saw The Music Never Stopped (film)

Such a great movie, I was truly moved. They did a really great job portraying how all kinds of music can be so meaningful in so many different ways. It's out on DVD now, I guess after a very limited release in theaters. J.K. Simmons does a great job as the dad, and there is a very touching scene at the end of the movie with the inside of a 1987 Dead show as the background. Highly recommended, if you are the kind of moviegoer/deadhead that can suspend your disbelief at some of the silly inaccuracies surrounding the band and the jarringly bizarre "lookalike" actors playing the Dead in that scene at the concert.

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Poster: johnnyonthespot Date: Sep 15, 2011 11:43am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Just saw The Music Never Stopped (film)

man I didn't like it at all. Thought it was forced and cheesy. My wife really liked it. I think you have to be less cynical than me. BUT I appreciate the theme, and it's based on a true story. Plus I like J.K. Simmons

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Poster: micah6vs8 Date: Sep 15, 2011 12:16pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Just saw The Music Never Stopped (film)

That is not the plot line I thought it was going to be. I was under the impression it was going to be a bio of Jerry - The Early Years. No matter. J.K. Simmons rocks as he usually does (Juno), but I don't think I'm really moved to see this film anytime soon after watching several clips. The one where they are at the concert is beyond cheesy (jots). High school play level. Jeez producers, a '87 Jerry copy is not hard to find. Go to a Furthur show. Let's count how many slightly padded 40-50ish year old guys w/ beards we can find. And Bobby looks grey, like a meth addict. All right, enough Sturm und Drang over one scene. The clips were worth checking out.

I hope I am not copying the same clips SDH put up, but hulu won't let me in. (The upgrade to 2.3 M/fox sucks, beware.)

http://tinyurl.com/6gsjdmj

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Poster: Jobygoob Date: Sep 15, 2011 12:29pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Just saw The Music Never Stopped (film)

You're thinking of something else, that's not finished yet, or even filming as far as I know. This movie is not at all about the Dead, but about how the Dead's music helped repair the estranged relationship between a young man crippled by a brain tumor and his straight edged father. Therefore the scenes you're viewing out of context don't really do the movie as a whole justice.

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Poster: rastamon Date: Sep 15, 2011 12:48pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Just saw The Music Never Stopped (film)

what, $4.99 On Demand? no sweat, they sounded better than DSO..

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Poster: micah6vs8 Date: Sep 15, 2011 3:53pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Just saw The Music Never Stopped (film)

I hear ya J.
Do you know the name of the project/film I'm thinking of?

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Poster: fenario80 Date: Sep 16, 2011 10:27am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Just saw The Music Never Stopped (film)

PS

Nothing against the people who are trying to make this movie - I'm sure they are fine Americans and love their children, etc. - BUT the way they went about this was all wrong for this organization.

They bought the rights to some book (I'm too lazy to look up which one), then announced the movie, and THEN approached the GD about music rights, well, that all kind of proves they had no idea who they were dealing with, and therefore may not be exactly the right people to make this movie.

Reportedly they were turned down because 1) they had no upfront money and wanted to pay for the music rights with back-end points and 2) the GD and the widder Koons are still trying to get a Grateful Dead movie made.

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Poster: fenario80 Date: Sep 16, 2011 1:13am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Just saw The Music Never Stopped (film)


Last summer is about the last time anything's been heard about this project - I think it's dead in the water

http://artsbeat.blogs.nytimes.com/2010/08/05/jerry-garcia-biopic-wont-be-allowed-to-use-his-songs/

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Poster: chris in long beach Date: Sep 15, 2011 2:46pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Just saw The Music Never Stopped (film)

Ahh, JK Simmons...have you seen Oz?

He will always be the sick and twisted Nazi punk Vern Schillinger to me :D

If you haven't seen it, here's a clip (prolly not safe for work)

JK Simmons is Nas-tay!

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Poster: micah6vs8 Date: Sep 15, 2011 3:43pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Just saw The Music Never Stopped (film)

Yes Chris, I have seen him in Oz. Oz is so well done on so many levels. I just can't handle that show. It was the scene w/ Christopher Meloni's character receiving fellatio from a minion, then breaking his neck with a quick twist before he was, ah... done.

Is JK Simmons the best American character actor? I think we may have a winner.

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Poster: rdenirojb87 Date: Sep 15, 2011 3:00pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Just saw The Music Never Stopped (film)

One of the best shows ever! I always see him as AB leader Vern Schillinger too. Such a great performance. One of many many fantastic performances on that show. Adebesi might be my favorite, as well as Chuck Zito (partly bc I've met him, and he's the former president of the NY chapter of the Angels, and former bodyguard for Sly Stallone, Mickey Rourke, Jean-Claude Van Damme, Charles Bronson, and Sean Penn,). His acting in all his roles is truly authentic.

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Poster: SomeDarkHollow Date: Sep 15, 2011 11:15am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Just saw The Music Never Stopped (film)

A clip of that concert scene with the pseudo-Boys

http://www.dailymotion.com/video/xijmb8_movie-trailers-the-music-never-stopped-clip-a-touch-of-grey_fun

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Poster: staggerleib Date: Sep 15, 2011 11:25am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Just saw The Music Never Stopped (film)

I loved this movie. Knew nothing of it, but was looking through the on-demand with the wife one night, and saw a review and description of it, said that we must, watched it, and then put together a personal soundtrack of it. Unfortunately, the actual soundtrack doesn't do it justice.

The beauty of it was that the music held the key to his memory, and was also the key to his connection to his father. In many ways it was the key to his personality. The movie was very poignant.

I really loved it, and have purchased it on DVD very recently. I no longer buy DVDs, but this one merited an exception.

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Poster: dark.starz Date: Sep 15, 2011 2:39pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Just saw The Music Never Stopped (film)

In terms of the live music scene "suspension of disbelief" it completely falls apart, low budget indeed, but that’s not the point, the more compelling point of this film is/was the divide that played out in most families in every small town across America as fathers and sons were completely divided over the war and draft and their opposing views of patriotism.

Beyond the 58,000 US troops and 2,000,000 Vietnamese who perished in this senseless conflict, this divide ultimately led to several causalities here at home, as well. The most compelling point of this film was the patience and love that the therapist gave forth to Gabriel, and the personal growth of his parents.

I can still hear the heated arguments that transpired between my oldest brother and the old man that eventually led him to split as did thousands of young men during the late 60's and early seventies. And, the look on the old mans face on August 9th, 1974.

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Poster: Jobygoob Date: Sep 15, 2011 3:29pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Just saw The Music Never Stopped (film)

Yes those were the elements of the film that touched me the most. While watching I found myself thinking of my own relationsip with my dad, and how so many of my own memories are so indelibly linked to the music that is so important to me. Not a perfect movie by any means, but there was so much good about it that I have to recommend it.

Edit: ugh I hate this threaded comment system. Now it looks like I was responding to Kochman, when I was actually responding to Staggerlieb's earlier posting

This post was modified by Jobygoob on 2011-09-15 22:29:27

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Poster: vapors Date: Sep 15, 2011 2:38pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Just saw The Music Never Stopped (film)

I enjoyed this film immensely and it moved me to tears more than once. The acting was perfect and truly beautiful in many memorable scenes. Incredible story with so many personal connections for me. I wish I could watch it today with my dad.

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Poster: amosearle Date: Sep 15, 2011 11:56am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Just saw The Music Never Stopped (film)

The chapter in the Oliver Sacks Book upon which this movie is based is worth the read.

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Poster: SomeDarkHollow Date: Sep 15, 2011 1:00pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Just saw The Music Never Stopped (film)

"...Questioning him about current events and people, I found the depths of his disorientation and confusion. When I asked him who was the president, he said, “Lyndon,” then, “the one who got shot.” I prompted, “Jimmy . . . ,” and then he said, “Jimi Hendrix,” and when I roared with laughter, he said maybe a musical White House would be a good idea. A few more questions convinced me that Greg had virtually no memory of events much past 1970, certainly no coherent, chronological memory of them. He seemed to have been left, marooned, in the ’60s—his memory, his development, his inner life since then had come to a stop."

Definitely worth the read.

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Poster: Jobygoob Date: Sep 15, 2011 12:10pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Just saw The Music Never Stopped (film)

I was a huge fan of Awakenings, the Robin Williams/Robert Deniro movie based on Oliver Sacks' book. There's a scene in that movie that moves me to tears every time I see it...when Richard Libertini's wife wakes up for the first time and he tears ass through the hospital hallways to get to her, and then he stops and his love is all over his face. I'm tearing up just thinking about it.

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Poster: Finster Baby Date: Sep 15, 2011 3:23pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Just saw The Music Never Stopped (film)

Thanks for the heads up about it being out on DVD.
I just put it on hold at the library.
21 others in line in front of me. The library has 40 copies, so it may take a month otr so for me to get it, but I'll get it eventually.